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May 9, 2014 1:30 PM

Regional Physical Activity and Education Centre - Northern view.

Regional Physical Activity and Education Centre - Northern view.

The Fremantle Dockers have welcomed the Barnett Government’s $10 million commitment to the City of Cockburn’s new regional physical activity and education centre.

Fremantle’s new elite training and administration facility will be integrated with the state-of-the-art community project at Cockburn Central West, which has a total cost of $106 million.

The funding commitment was detailed in Thursday’s State Budget and outlined by Premier Colin Barnett and Treasurer Mike Nahan at the project site on Friday morning.

Fremantle Football Club president Steve Harris said as well as housing the club’s new training and administration base, the important community asset would deliver a world class facility to the region.

“It is a world-class project that will provide a tremendous benefit to what is a rapidly growing region and place the club at the forefront of integrated elite sporting and community facilities in Australia,” Harris said.

“The Cockburn Central West site, which is within the greater Fremantle Region, also provides greater prospects for future expansion, community engagement and supporter interaction.”

Regional Physical Activity and Education Centre - Southern view

Incoming AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan also welcomed the funding commitment.

“The WA Government’s funding support for this impressive community sporting and recreational facility is commendable because it will benefit both the local region and also the Fremantle Dockers,” McLachlan said.

“The State Government commitment will greatly assist in making this world class centre a reality.”

Harris said it was important to note where the Government’s $10 million funding commitment was being directed.

“The State Government’s $10 million funding commitment will be directed towards the community accessible facilities at Cockburn Central West and not for club exclusive facilities,” Harris said.

“The amount of funds secured so far for the project from all levels of government -  local, state and federal - reflect what an outstanding community project this is.”
Harris said the project was in the “detailed design phase”.

“At this stage, we anticipate that a builder will be appointed by the end of the year,” he said.